The CDC comprises of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP), while the CPP comprises of the Liberty Party (LP),the immediate former ruling Unity Party (UP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC). With the “battle lines” said to be drawn, the two parties will face off in what is expected to be a tense senatorial contests for the country’s two oldest counties, Montserrado and Grand Bassa.
This is ignited following the election of former Foreign Affairs Minister Milton Gbezohngar Findley, who will now face incumbent Senator Nyonbleekarnga-Lawrence. It can be recalled that Minister Findley won the ruling party’s senatorial ticket in the primary on a white ballot barely one day following his resignation as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. On the other hand, the Incumbent Karnga-Lawrence will certainly contest the ensuing process for Grand Bassa due to the CPP’s decision to allot the Grand Bassa slot to the LP.
The Special Senatorial Election is slated for December 8, 2020. Fifteen (15) senatorial seats are up for grasp, with most, if not all of the 15 senators, whose tenures would have expired few months from now, seeking reelection. The ensuing election is in line with the Constitution, which is regarded as the organic of the country. There are also other big names that would also be contesting the process, including Grand Bassa County Electoral District #4 Representative Vincent Willie top educator, Dr. Emmanuel BravyDaykeay, former Vice Standard Bearer of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Q. SomahPaygai.
But from the look of things, it is believed that the main contest will be between incumbent Senator NyonbleeKarnga-Lawrence of the LP and by extension the CPP and former Minister Findley, who is expected to contest on the ticket of the ruling CDC. Findley, a former President Pro-Tempore the Liberian Senate, was voted out of the position in 2014 against Senator Jonathan Kaipay, also of the LP. Since then, he has only been working within the Executive Branch of the Liberian government.
However, his intention to once again measure his political muscles in the county was trigged by a petition he received from some traditional leaders of the county, who pleaded with him to contest the ensuing election. In their petition, the traditional leaders, headed by the Chief Grand Zoe of the county, Mr. Edward Garmah, described the decision taken by the county in 2014 as a great regret. According to them, the formerForeign Minister possesses the best leadership skills that can deliver the county through its developmental needs.
The traditional leaders of Grand Bassa County along with youth and women groups petitioned Findley to return to the county and represent them at the Liberian Senate by contesting the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Election.
“We have come to petition you to contest the 2020 Special Senatorial Election in Grand Bassa County. I want to say sorry and inform you that what happened 2014 will not be repeated,” said the statement read by Grand Bassa Culture Coordinator Mr. Isaac Toe.
Accordingly, the ruling CDC will also face LP in the race for Montserrado County with Representative Thomas Fallah mathematically already won the CDC’s primaries for Montserrdo. Rep. Fallah, who currently leads the CDC primaries with over 5,000 votes difference between him and his closest contender with just three districts (approximately 4,500 delegates) remaining, would certainly be certificated on tomorrow, Friday, July 31, 2020.
The Montserrado County Electoral District#5 lawmaker will battle for the county’s hot seat against incumbent Abraham Darius Dillon alias, “Abe” or “ADD”.
Senator Dillon, who was elected to the Liberian Senate in a by-election as a result of the death of Senator Geradine Doe-Sheriff barely eight months ago, remains in pole position to retain the seat; notwithstanding, Fallah remains a strong force to reckon with having won one of the most difficult districts three times in succession. Therefore, like Grand Bassa, a “battle line” has also been drawn in Montserrado County between the CDC and the LP as they quest to show supremacy. While other candidates would contest the elections, the CDC and LP are unarguably the two fore-runners in the race for the two counties (Montserrado and Grand Bassa).